Achieve the best of personal excellence

Camille Hackamack

Master of Education '17

The faculty in the Positive Coaching program are coaches, administrators, and athletic directors. Camille Hackamack, a former athlete, loved learning from her instructors’ experiences.

Kevin Poeter

Master of Education '17

Kevin Poeter lives in Canada but chose an online program based in America. He selected the University of Missouri’s Positive Coaching degree because the faculty value inclusion and diversity. Kevin is using his newly acquired skills on and off the playing field.


Courses for this program are 100 percent online. Required courses are offered as full semester, 16-week courses, in fall and spring sessions (8-week courses in summer). Most electives are offered as 8-week courses in all semesters, although some are offered as 4-week courses in summer.

Complete all 21 credit hours (seven courses) of required course work, which includes the 3-hour capstone course. Also complete three elective courses (9 credit hours) from any of the electives listed.

You do not need to complete all core classes first. Many students choose one core class and an elective.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. Click on the red boxes to learn more about a course.

Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Note X = full semester, A = 1st half of semester, B = 2nd half of semester

Required Courses (21 Credit hours, 7 courses) 

ESC_PS 7195 Sport and Applied Coaching PsychologyA/BXX
ESC_PS 7200 Positive PsychologyA/BXX
ESC_PS 8195 Applied Positive CoachingA/BA/BX
ESC_PS 8232 Foundations of Sport Performance*BBB
ESC_PS 8087 Seminar: Psychology of the Injured Athlete*AAX
ESC_PS 8265 Administration of Athletic ProgramsAAA
ESC_PS 8280 Gender Issues in SportBBX
ESC_PS 8300 Positive Leadership in SportXXX

*If one course is taken as required, the other can be taken as an elective

Electives (9 credit hours, select 3 courses)

ESC_PS 8087 Seminar: Character and Ethics in SportAAX
ESC_PS 8087 Seminar: Resiliency, Grit and Mental ToughnessBBX
ESC_PS 8270 Student-Athlete WellbeingXXX

You can also choose from the Positive Psychology electives (maximum 2 courses)

ESC_PS 7087 Seminar: Motivation and Positive Psychology BX
ESC_PS 8200 Applied Positive PsychologyXX 
ESC_PS 8700 Life/Career Coaching and DevelopmentB  
ESC_PS 8710 Meaning In WorkA  
ESC_PS 8720 Community and Stewardship  X


This program does not provide school counselor nor teacher certification nor any professional licensure. If you are seeking Missouri certification, please contact the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Other states: Please contact the certification agency for the state in which you are seeking initial teacher certification.

Post-baccalaureate enrollment

Prior to acceptance into the program, you may enroll as a post-baccalaureate (formerly nondegree-seeking) student in up to 9 credit hours. Enrollment does not guarantee acceptance. Learn more about nondegree-seeking university student admissions.


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education. See notes under Step 3 below.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 92 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 6.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 62 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 185.
    • GRE scores are not required.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

    Application Dates

    To start classes in Apply by Course work begins
    Fall, regular semester and first 8-week session July 1 Late August
    Fall, second 8-week session Sept. 1 Mid-October
    Spring, regular semester and first 8-week session Dec. 1 Mid-January
    Spring, second 8-week session Feb. 1 Early April
    Summer May 1 Early June
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
    • If your GPA is below 3.0, please also submit your résumé and a personal statement.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
    • Letter of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply the name and contact details of a principal, athletic director or other credible reference (e.g. employer, community leader) who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application.
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Ed, School and Counseling Psychology/Positive Coaching and Athletic Leadership-Distance (MEd)

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This program is administered by the Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology